Monday, April 19, 2010

Chinese Monkey

Well it has been eventful! China has been very good to us. I previously mentioned about our concert that we had for the school. We were displayed like little monkeys. I kinda felt like those monkey's that just sit there and bang 2 cymbals together. Shaw of course was our little rock star that played on the drums while I danced, well attempted to dance. And considering who was dancing with me, I did a pretty good job. Shaw did good considering his seat collapsed beneath him half way through the performance but of course "the show must go on." I was wearing bright purple leggings with black high heels and a grey shirt. Shaw had a matching purple and white stripped polo and a big mo-hawk. It was great. I'll put the pictures up on photobucket so you can see how crazy we looked. We played the maroon 5 song, "This love" and the entire time shaw said, "oh this would be so good if Kemper and Seth were here." Well this whole trip has been, "oh this would be so good if Kemper and Seth were here." I really need to learn Chinese. Anyways, All the Chinese people clapped for us but i think they were just being polite. I'll try to upload the video so everyone can watch it. Our little kids preformed too! They were so cute. They did this little runway show and had a little dance. I dont really know the meaning behind all of that but thats not surprising because I really dont know the meaning behind anything here, thats why i have shaw. He knows everything.

Which reminds me, The people love shaw here. They always come up to him and tell him how handsome he is. Which is pretty awkward sometime because a lot of them our men. I dont know about you but if I was a man, I wouldn't want other men telling me how attractive I was. Anyways, Then when he starts speaking Chinese and they think he's a genius. Well this works great to my advantage because then when he tells them I'm his wife they give me tons of compliments. It doesn't really bother me that the compliments aren't sincere, the chinese just want to get on Shaws good side. Well and some of them try to get him married off. Good thing were already married because I wouldn't trust these chinese women for a second. hahaha just kidding

For example....The other day we went and got our hair washed while the other girls got their nails done. After our relaxing hair washing experience (Which everyone should fly to china and get their hair washed, ITS GREAT!) we went back to the nail salon. Well the owner saw shaw and started talking to him in Chinese and then tried to hook him up on a date with one of her customers. The customer got her make-up, hair, and nails done so shaw translated for the girls and asked if she had a date. So then the owner took that as an invitation which is probably not her fault but either way then she said (In chinese of course), "With you." Well I dont speak Chinese but I can understand when some woman is pushing my husband towards another woman. Yup! Don't you worry, i put her in Check real quick. Well i really didn't because i dont speak Chinese but she saw the look on my face...maybe...or shaw just told her that he was married. Either way, she knew her place. hahaha It's nice to know that so many people think shaw is handsome. It doesn't bother me as much as I thought it might.

Were preparing for our Beijing trip in 2 weeks. Were really excited. Were taking a 21 hour train from Guangzhou to Beijing. Then were taking a bus from Beijing to Xi'an and then flying form Xi'an to Guangzhou. Were taking a 4 mile hike on the great wall and zip lining off the great wall. I dont think zip lining is that cool but its really cool to say that we can do that. Were going to do lots of shopping and hopefully eat lots of good food because I am HUNGRY! I'll post some pictures and try to keep you posted!

Monday, April 12, 2010

And then some more China

You just have to love a country/culture that has designated nap time during the day. China continues to surprise me everyday. It's been awhile since I updated this thing so I'll try and capture all the important things. Teaching is going well. Nothing interesting has really happened except that maybe the children have become more evil. I think one bit shaw the other day. The school came to us and decided that we needed to preform for 800 people. Thankfully, our group is some what musically talented and shaw took the reigns and started a band. I don't really know my place in this band. I think Shaw gave me a tambourine or something like that. I can't mess that up right? The boys are playing some maroon 5 song. One of the guys can sing really well and then the girls are singing back up and dancing. It will be quite the experience im sure. Practice here is a little frustrating but Shaw has played the drums more here than he has in the last 6 months. Either way we preform on April 19th for our school. But the preforming doesn't end. We also taught our 2nd grade class the "Cha Cha Slide." YUP! And they really know how to Cha Cha! Chinese people love to Dance and sing and preform. Sometimes i feel like one of those preforming monkey's you see at the beach. It's kind of funny. The Kindergarten is dancing to the "macarana." It's really cute! I think its just cute because their little because there is something evil in them. I'm just kidding but those kids are crazy.

Recently we went to the beach. We went down to Sonya which is an island close to Vietnam. It was so much fun to just lay out and relax! It was the bus ride down that wasn't so relaxing. one of our group members pulled, What i like to call a "taken." You know the movie taken? Where the girls gets abducted well this creepy chinese man comes up to one of the girls and is all smiling and being scary and says in his little chinese accent, "Where are you going?" Now i know that seems harmless but it wasn't. I just saw someone following our group and stealing all of us. Well i know that's not very realistic and granted im a little over dramatic but still...Don't be stupid. When you dont speak the language and your on a bus that is showing a bunch of stripper movies for 15 hours my suggestion....Dont talk to scary older men. Anyways, Sure enough something has to happen in our group. One of the boys got his wallet stolen on the bus. He fell asleep with his bag open and sure enough POP, shaw and I just adopted and extra child. And just a side note: Children are expensive! That boy eats and spends money like we have unlimited funds. Fortunately for us he paid us back. Anyways, Back to Sonya. So the weather was beautiful and the beach was great!. Shaw burnt like a little crispy taco. Oh man, I want a crispy taco so bad, Minus the rice. I got pretty burned too but now im just tan. We went Jet skiing there. Only we did it though. It was fun driving through all those waves! Shaw got the guy down from 400 Yuan per person to 200 Yuan for both of us. Thats pretty good. We also ate tons of mangos which were so delicious. The sweetest Mango's I have ever eaten. The only problem with the mango's were that the lady selling them to us on the beach insisted we get a coconut. I don't know about you but i had no desire to eat a coconut. I dont even know how to eat one and if i tried i probably just get so frustrated i just hit myself with the coconut. We got the mango's for 2 Yuan a piece. We gave her a 10 and instead of getting 8 yuan back we got a coconut. THATS AN EXPENSIVE COCONUT! Finally after my little pocket dictionary sweet talked her we got our money back and our mangos. We did a lot of Shopping there and bought some great gifts for family and friends. Coming back wasn't that exciting. We got back so early that we had time to get McDonalds breakfast and was happy because thats the 1 place that we can order without his help. I have some more to tell you but im on my way to go buy plane tickets for my whole group to go to beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou. Wish me luck because i have 11 american passports and over $3,000 USD in my purse.....AGH!!!!!!!!